Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The Fountain Of Youth: Hyaluronic Acid

Why your skin ages
Basically, there are two types of ageing: intrinsic (biological & inherent) and extrinsic (environment & lifestyle) ageing. As you age, your skin will start to lose its elasticity and suppleness due to a decrease in natural oil production and moisture retention. As a result, the skin becomes drier and more vulnerable to damage and this can be characterized by deep wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin and pigmentation.

Dermatologists have discovered that one of the reasons for wrinkles is the decreasing production, and concentration, of hyaluronic acid in the skin. With decreasing levels of hyaluronic acid, during the ageing process, the loss of volume causes connective tissues to literally dip and wrinkles to form.

Hyaluronic Acid, the natural wrinkle filler
Hyaluronic acid, also known as hyaluron, is not really an acid. It is a carbohydrate found in the body. 50% of all the hyaluronic acid in your body is found in your skin. Hyaluronic acid in the skin makes up the extracellular matrix which fills up the spaces between skin cells. This matrix is key to plumping up skin as it holds a large amount of water. Without a healthy extracellular matrix, your skin will be rough and wrinkled. Hyaluronic acid is also vital in maintaining good collagen levels, firmness and elasticity.

When you are young, your skin and body have the ability to produce sufficient levels of hyaluronic acid needed but this process becomes less efficient as you grow older.

It is estimated that by the age of 60, the hyaluronic acid level in a woman would have dropped to a quarter of the level found in a baby’s skin. Thus, it is crucial to use skincare products containing hyaluronic acid to help skin maintain sufficient moisture retention to stay wrinkle-free.

Commonly used by dermatologist
Dermatologists and aestheticians are now commonly using hyaluronic acid fillers to improve skin countour and to plump up deep wrinkles. No allergy test is required, unlike collagen, because allergic side effects are very rare with this natural dermal filler. The filler effects can last up to six months or longer.

Interesting facts of hyaluronic acid
It is approved by FDA in USA as one of the most modern and safest options for dermal filling treatment.
One gram of hyaluronic acid can hold up to 6 liters of water.
50% of the hyaluronic acid in our body can be found in our skin.
UVB rays affect skin’s production of hyaluronic acid.
Half of the hyaluronic acid in our skin breaks down in 24 hours. Skincare products containing hyaluronic acid help skin maintain sufficient moisture retention to stay wrinkle-free.-Eucerin

Marco’s comment:
No doubt with sophisticated skincare product like hyaluronic acid filler, people can fight ageing by consuming such product. But, in my opinion, maintaining healthy lifestyle should have address the ageing process in more efficient way and yet natural.

According to one article from Readers’ Digest, a quality sleep will enable the body to fine tune, repair and release hormones for better health and beauty of one.

Thus, besides skincare product, healthy lifestyle and quality sleep is definitely mandatory for a beautiful, healthy and sexy outlook.

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